Southeast Colorado: I have a love/hate relationship with GPS technology. Some of you may recall this from previous posts. I will admit, it is improving all the time and the accuracy is a little scary (the occasionally inaccuracy is equally scary). Without giving away my exact age, I’m apart of that “micro” generation some people talk about. I’m not totally a Gen X’er but not completely a Gen Y (millennial) either. Some people call us the “Xennials”. Yeah, it’s a thing, go check it out. I’m not going to debate if it’s a “real” generation or not, but it fits

Southeast Colorado - This will be the crew’s second day back in the field after some delay from the storms that moved through recently. The cycle started about a week ago yesterday. While a tornado warning drove part of the crew out of the field, the other part was able to keep cutting up in southeastern Colorado for a few more hours. They were then met with what I’ll call a “good old-fashioned thunderstorm” with wind and rain. Ryan said the cloud looked like the mothership coming in. I don’t know why we describe it like that but, we do,

Rolla, Kansas - The guys have had a week of wild weather. I will cover their stories in a series of posts.
It started on Tuesday when the guys cutting around Rolla were in a tornado warning. Our crew didn’t see anything touch the ground, but I was told they saw some significant rotation. Even if you watch storms closely and keep a diligent eye on the radar, conditions can change quickly. Eventually Mark and TJ decided it was time to get to a safer location, left a truck for James, and headed out. Mark reports it was the first time

Southeast Colorado - Not that long ago, the wheat crop was several weeks behind schedule. With strong winds and hot temperatures, nature has kicked in gear in a big way, and crops have made up ground in terms of maturity. As the kids and I traveled across Highway 50 and Highway 160 in Kansas on June 15, combines of all colors, makes, and models could be seen in their natural habitat doing what they do best.

We have been cutting just a few miles inside the Colorado border in the south east corner of the state. We don’t have any official

South Central KS - We moved through Texas in record time because it was our first year without any sort of rain delay, and, as we have said before, wheat acres were down due to weather conditions.  Our next stop was Custer County, Oklahoma.  Around the Clinton area, things are very dry.  Our farmer told us that they are struggling to get their cotton out of the ground due to the drought. It has been a tough few years in that area.  The last several have had too much rain and now they’re fighting drought.  They also had an April

North Texas - This year we also had the opportunity to not only to host young but but also the women of the Baptist Home for Girls in Madill, Oklahoma. As a woman in agriculture, I couldn’t have been more pleased to share the experience with a group of young women because, after all, agriculture isn’t just for men!

The girls, Jaymie, Hailey, and Kaylynn, their host parents Dexter, Reighna, and children, and Michael (the man behind the 10 Acre Challenge) and his son, could not have joined us on a more beautiful morning in Texas. It was overcast with just

North Texas - Early into our Texas stop we had a group of special visitors from the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children. Three young men, Shane, Josiah, and Patrick, and their sponsors Jim and Don, made the trip to experience the prime cutting weather with us! In other words, they got to experience some sweltering heat, but were great sports!

This is our second year getting the privilege to work with the youth from the Boys Ranch Town in Edmond, Oklahoma. They are a sponsor of the All Aboard Wheat Harvest program again in 2018. The Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children

Texas - Harvest began for High Plains Harvesting on Memorial Day, May 28, this year.  Due to the crop situation down south, we took a partial crew.  Although we would have liked to have had the full crew present, we are thankful to even have the chance to cut down south at all in this environment.

The first field started off a little rocky and averaged around 18 bushels per acre.  Conditions then improved, and we are seeing yields in the 30 bushel range.  Tests weights are strong, up to 64 pounds per bushel.  Protein is coming in at 9-12.

It is

Northwest Kansas - The last few weeks before departure are when things just feel weird. I’m stuck in the middle of two worlds, non-harvest and harvest.  There are so many things I must do or line up to leave, but most of my list can’t be done until 24 hours before heading out.  A person must keep living, the yard’s grass doesn’t stop growing, laundry keeps piling up, and mail doesn’t stop coming for this seemingly invisible deadline.

Luckily, we can work on preparations of the crew in advance.  In fact, some of this season’s work began before the end of

Hello, All Aboard Wheat Harvest world!  How has life treated you since we last met a few short months ago?

It’s been a strange spring here in west central Kansas.  It often seemed that winter would never end. It took until the end of the first week of May for the warm weather to be consistently in the 70s and 80s.  In fact, at that time, leaves were just starting to pop out and seemed a little scared to finally emerge after several false starts!  As a result, its been a little hard to wrap my head around the approaching season.